Torre Bela [Beautiful Tower]

Synopsis: The rise and fall of a revolutionary cooperative movement is set on a large private farm in Ribatejo, Portugal, from March to December 1975 (most of the land occupations that took place in Alentejo were promoted by the communist party). In direct speech, sometimes in front of the camera, sometimes among themselves, the uneducated farm workers expose their misery, their suffering, their hopes and, finally, their despair – when a socialist government orders the land to be returned to its original owners and they turn it into a game reserve. Watch the trailer here.




Thomas Harlan